Carlos E. Bledsoe, 68,
of Nampa, died on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at a Boise hospital from
natural causes. Funeral services will be conducted at 2
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Nampa Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, 1500 Smith Ave. Bishop Norm Holm of
Nampa Second Ward, L.D.S. church will officiate. Burial
will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel.
Carlos E. Bledsoe was born on August 5, 1923 at Stahl,
Missouri to Harvey Lee and Ethel M. Bledsoe. He was
reared and educated in Missouri. He then moved to Nampa.
He served in the U.S. Navy during W.W.II in the South Pacific.
He married Joy Serena in 1945 in Kirksville Missouri and their
marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City, Utah, Temple.
For the next 17 years they lived in various locations in Idaho
and Oregon while Carlos worked as an insurance agent and in
the tire business. For the past 30 years they have made
their home in Nampa. Carlos worked for 20 years in the
apple cider business and for 9 of the last 11 years served as
a Canyon County Commissioner. At age 33 he joined the
LDS Church and was an active member serving continuously in a
variety of positions including Sunday school teacher, elders
quorum president, high counsel member, bishop and regional
welfare agent. He was involved in the Boy Scout program
for 40 years. He attended wood badge training and earned
the Silver Beaver Award. He provided community service
through many community and county committees. Carlos
never met a stranger. He was the type of man who could
make friends in the express lane at the grocery store.
He genuinely care about people and his acts of concern,
compassion and humor have lifted the spirits and touched the
lives of thousands. His friends and family will remember
his smile and feel enriched from their association with him.
He will be missed but not forgotten.
Carlos is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joy Bledsoe,
Nampa; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Lloyd and Joung Bledsoe
and Larry and Marie Bledsoe, both of Nampa; a daughter, Wilda
Dee and Rich Murphy, Salt Lake City, Utah; his mother and
stepfather, Ethel and Bus O'Hara and a brother, Harvey
Bledsoe, Jr., all of Nampa, and 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Lee
Bledsoe and 2 brothers, Kenneth and Melvin Bledsoe.
Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel on
Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9
p.m. and on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
The family suggests as a memorial that during this
Christmas season you give something to someone in need as that
was one of Carlos' habits.